I sometimes call the Winter Olympics the "fall down Olympics," because it seems like that's what everybody is either doing or trying not to do. Most everyone is skidding or sliding or skating or skiing or sledding over ice and snow and—oh no! Sometimes falling down.
But have you seen this sport called boardercross? A.k.a. snowboard cross or boarder X or BX. It's like a surfboard race over frozen waves and jumps, with wipeouts. I never could see what the big deal was with the "halfpipe," whatever that one's called (or the original skateboard version), but I think I love boardercross, which I'd never seen before this very day. Not least because the best boarder usually wins big...sorry, but I just can't see how a speed skater or a two-man bobsled team that edges its rival by a couple of hundredths of a second qualifies for a gold rather than a silver. That's just too close to "they went the same speed" to me. Snowboard cross is awesome. I gotta get cable.
This would greatly improve downhill ski racing too...send a half dozen of 'em down the mountain at once. Now that would be cool.
(Thanks to NBC)
ADDENDUM: I'm not serious about simultaneous downhill ski races. Obviously that would not be prudent. Simultaneous racers makes snowboard cross much more interesting, though. And come to think of it, I enjoyed the BMX bicycle version of the same idea at the last Summer Games, too. —Mike
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